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Banana & Pear Milkshake

From My Kitchen

I have few little ditties that came out of my kitchen in recent weeks. Easy recipes to make that make a pretty picture.

Is there any better way to start the weekend than with a homemade cocktail? Grab your favorite citrus fruits from the fridge and squeeze them. Mix the just with 1oz of Bacardi white rum, 0.5oz of amaretto and 0.5oz Cointreau. Garnish with mint and dried citrus slices. Serve ice cold of course.

I used an orange, a lime, 2 clementines and half a grapefruit for this cocktail.

Summer Cocktail

And for dessert: banana & pear milkshake! Peel 1 banana and 1 pear and cut into cubes. Freeze them for a few hours. Once fronzen solid, put them in the blender with about a cup of Greek yogurt and a tablespoon of honey. Blend until creamy. Top with whipped cream and a cherry and voilà… Dessert done!

Banana & Pear Milkshake
AVRO Lancaster over Sanicole Airfield

AVRO Lancaster Over My Hometown

On the 5th of May, the Dutch celebrate their liberation from Nazi Germany and the end of the 2nd World War in the Netherlands. The day before—May 4th—is Nationale Dodenherdenking (Rememberance of the Death).

As part of this year’s remembrance an Avro Lancaster did a commemorative flight over the Netherlands and some special interest sites in Belgium. The team of Sanicole Airshow secured a visit of this beauty over Sanicole airfield. I was fortunate to witness that.

AVRO Lancaster over Sanicole Airfield

The AVRO Lancaster is most notability known for their service with No. 617 Squadron RAF, more commonly known as the Dambusters. This particular aircraft—the PA474—is maintained by the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. It is one of only 2 remaining flight worthy Lancasters in the world.

It was a joy to see her flying in the skies over my hometown. Even if it was for just 3 passes. Thank you to the the team at Sanicole Airshow for making this happen.

AVRO Lancaster over Sanicole Airfield
AVRO Lancaster over Sanicole Airfield
AVRO Lancaster over Sanicole Airfield
AVRO Lancaster over Sanicole Airfield
AVRO Lancaster over Sanicole Airfield
Kirsten in latex by Zorenko London and Ardita Fetish Fashion

Orange Is The New Black

It’s always a lot of fun to shoot these tone-on-tone sets. With the right model, an outfit that has the same color as the backdrop will create a certain atmosphere. Kirsten’s light bronze skin tone and golden hair matched beautifully with the orange of the latex. Add a little black and a little fluff, and orange truly is the new black!

Kirsten in latex by Zorenko London and Ardita Fetish Fashion
Kirsten in latex by Zorenko London and Ardita Fetish Fashion
Kirsten in latex by Zorenko London and Ardita Fetish Fashion
Kirsten in latex by Zorenko London and Ardita Fetish Fashion
Model Liz wearing latex from Westward Bound

Model Liz

A shoot from the very popular series shoot-got-postponed-due-to-you-know-what… Here’s the 1st results from my shoot with Liz. We were supposed to do this shoot in the spring of 2021. The pandemic forced us to postpone twice. This time we pushed through.

And it was worthwhile! We had a lot of fun. And Liz is a real cool lady. I hope to see her again in my studio sometime soon. Thank you for the shoot Liz!

Model Liz wearing latex from Westward Bound
Model Liz wearing latex from Westward Bound
Model Liz wearing latex from Westward Bound
Shannety wearing black latex, corset and balletheels

Retro Backgrounds in Photoshop

My black-on-turquoise photos with Axelle turned out to be a smash hit on Instagram. It turns out that #balletheels is what made them popular. I guess I need to shoot more ballet heels from now on. And I did, ’cause for my latest shoot with Shannety, I turned to ballet heels. Combined with new gorgeous black latex it was easy to come up with an outfit. A brand new corset from DeMask and… Ohlala!… That neck corset…

Shannety wearing black latex, corset and balletheels
Shannety wearing black latex, corset and balletheels

I had something else in mind too though.

I was totally blown away by the work of Jada and David when I discovered them a few weeks ago. Their use of color, perspective and geometric shapes is just… D I V I N E! You should definitely check’em out. My studio is not suited for plywood sets like theirs unfortunately.

So I gave myself an assignment: I challenged myself to recreate one of their backgrounds in Photoshop. It turned out to be quite a challenge but it was a lot of fun. And once I completed that 1st pic, I let my imagination run free and tried to create something of my own.

Shannety wearing black latex, corset and balletheels
Shannety wearing black latex, corset and balletheels

Building a Mini Studio

One of the little projects I took on during lock down, was to build a small studio setup I could use for food photography and other tabletop projects.

I was looking for a small but flexible setup with food photography in mind. And I wanted to use my existing gear as much as possible. I knew my Elinchrom strobes and softboxes would do just fine. I had enough stands and clamps and stuff. I had a couple of smaller continuous lights from Lume cube. Not enough to light a set with continuous light tough. So I added 2 small PavoTubes from Nanlite. Together with my strobes that would cover lighting.

Finding proper backdrops had me worried the most. Everyone that’s doing something with food photography, always has interesting backdrops. I spent quite a bit of time on the internet researching the matter. And it was a little remark from Terry White on Scott Kelby’s The Grid podcast that set me on the right track. Eventually I found flat lay backdrops from Bresser that weren’t too expensive to get me started.

I’ve set everything up on a small 75cm x 75cm table from that famous Swedish company. It’ll fit in my office. No need to set up my full size photo studio. And it’ll be a lot easier and more convenient to get a little more creative with my photo photography.

I did my 1st few experiments with my beloved #duckie. Here’s a few results from those test shoots:

#duckie Test Shoot
#duckie Test Shoot
#duckie Test Shoot
#duckie Test Shoot

And these are the first few foodie pictures using the new setup:

Homemade Prawn Laksa
Breakfast Is Served

Not only do I shoot my own photos. But when it comes down to the foodie photos, I do my own cooking and my own food styling. As with my latex fashion shoots, a lot of work goes into the preparation, styling and finding the right props.

Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium

Red Star Line Museum

I love Antwerp. I think it is one of the nicest cities in the world where I’ve been. I like to take a stroll around the city from time-to-time. When I was in the city last week, I took this–carefully planned–photo of the Red Star Line Museum.

Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp, Belgium
Model Romi in a casual winter outfit

Blonde Over Blue

I am blessed to have a few models that I consider resident models. Actually, I consider them to be good friends that happen to be models. Romi is one of those young ladies that grace my studio regularly. We shoot these when we last met for lunch.Yup, I am truly blessed… I get to have lunch and drinks with my favorite models… And shoot their portraits. Yeah!

Model Romi in a casual winter outfit
Model Romi in a casual winter outfit
Model Romi in a casual winter outfit
Model Romi in a formal dress
2021 XTM X-Tiger of Belgian Air Force 31SQN

The 2021 XTM X-TIGER

The NATO Tiger Meet is a yearly tradition. Each year, squadrons from NATO Air Forces that carry a tiger in their emblem get together for exercises and fraternization.

The 1st time I was at a NATO Tiger Meet was in 1985. It was quite memorable. I remember having a lot of fun at the airshow back then.

2021 marked the 60th anniversary of the NATO Tiger Association and the 70th anniversary of the BAF 31SQN; a tiger squadron. Therefor, 31SQN had to honor to host the 2021 Tiger Meet. Even though it was a scaled down version due to COVID, 31SQN created a special paint scheme for the event.

Here’s the 2021 XTM X-Tiger. It is XT-ROAR-DINARY!

2021 XTM X-Tiger of Belgian Air Force 31SQN
2021 XTM X-Tiger of Belgian Air Force 31SQN
2021 XTM X-Tiger of Belgian Air Force 31SQN
2021 XTM X-Tiger of Belgian Air Force 31SQN

Of course, the X-Tiger led the pack of tigers for a final fly-by at the end of the show. That’s the prerogative of the squadron that hosts the Tiger meet.

Fly-By of Several NATO Tiger Squadrons
Model Romi Joins my Personal Protection Detail

Personal Protection Detail

My friend and model Romi has joined my personal protection detail. Armed to the teeth–with airsoft guns obviously–she makes me feel very safe in my photo studio. All in good fun of course guys! ’cause neither me nor Romi are mean, dangerous or aggressive. As a matter of fact, Romi is the sweetest young lady you’ll ever meet.

Model Romi Joins my Personal Protection Detail
Model Romi Joins my Personal Protection Detail